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The twist in year-end tax planning

If Congress doesn’t extend the tax cuts, in effect raising taxes for 2011, it will make more sense to defer expenses into 2011 and accelerate income into 2010.

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Women in Trucking go for Pepsi Refresh grant

In a presentation at the Truckload Carriers Association/ACS "Perfect Storm" conference in Nashville, sponsored by Overdrive's owners, Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information, Women in Trucking's Ellen Voie (pictured) talked about her organization's work identifying and remedying difficulties some women, particularly new entrants, face in the industry, in particular opportunities for harassment that arise in training situations. "We are working with J.J. Keller to come out with a white paper on best practices," she said, for ...

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Veterans Day: Memories of mail call amid war’s toll

Retired owner-operator Doug Fetterly's first job out of high school, in 1966, was with the Fourth Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

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Living with diabetes — behind the wheel of new book ‘A Life of Control’

November is national diabetes month, and as such today we bring you a story included in a new book about the difficulty of living with the disease, Published by Vanderbilt University Press. The excerpt -- from A Life of Control: Stories of Living With Diabetes, by Alan L. Graber MD, Anne W. Brown RN and Kathleen Wolff RN -- tells the story of a now-retired truck driver who, in order to keep his job (with ...

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CSA 2010 to bring increase in driver pay?

The news over at the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday included a release from editors at J.J. Keller, emphasizing the reach of CSA 2010 beyond just for-hire truck carriers. "When the term 'motor carrier' is used," says Transportation Management Editor Robert Rose, "many people immediately connect this to mean only 'trucking companies.' In actuality, applies to all carriers with a US DOT number engaged in the furtherance of interstate commerce, no matter what 'type' of ...

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Tow-truckers echo long-haulers on Discovery’s ‘Wreck Chasers’

In many ways, tow-truckers are the absolute opposites of long-haulers. The tow-truckers of the Discovery Channel's new "Wreck Chasers" series, on a three week trial run that began with two half-hour episodes Monday, are trying to beat their competitors to the sight of a wreck, of course. In Philadelphia, among whose tow-truckers the story is set, all still operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, making competition much fiercer than in most U.S. cities of comparable ...

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Biking Minneapolis

This week I enjoyed the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, Minn. I rode my bicycle from Hopkins, Minn., to the Freewheel Bike Center in downtown Minneapolis. Minneapolis is a bike friendly big city. Trails are interwoven throughout the metro area. Many of the streets have designated bike lanes. The midtown Greenway section is a must. For truckers all rides begin with finding a place to park. On this day I had a delivery at Super Valu in ...

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Still trekking to shoot stills of the big rigs

Amateur truck photographer Russ MacNeil has taken photos of big rigs since he was a teen growing up near Westfield, Mass. As a child, he was mesmerized as trucks roared by on walks with his aunt near Route 20. By the time he was 27, a black Mack Model B he shot near Ft. Pierce, Fla., appeared on the cover of Overdrive’s July 1984 issue and was featured as the Tractor of the Month. One of the ...

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Factory growth picks up from September

Cars, computers and exports are leading some of the most recent manufacturing growth, according to the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management. Only two areas (Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Furniture & Related Products) shrunk during October, says ISM, while 14 showed expansion. October was the 15th consecutive month for manufacturing to expand, and the overall economy grew for the 18th consecutive month, ISM reports. And last month’s growth measured 56.9 percent on ISM’s scale, up 2.5 ...

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Reefer-unit pioneer to be honored tomorrow

News from Thermo King today is that Frederick McKinley Jones, a company pioneer in the development of portable refrigeration units, will be honored  for his contributions to science and technology at the Tekne Awards gala Wed., Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Jones passed away in 1961, but his "invention of portable refrigeration systems for the transportation industry revolutionized the food industry into a multibillion-dollar annual market," Thermo King says, enabling "improved ...

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